Wildwoods Craft Kits is a family business established in 1985 by Lorna Pollock and her husband Charles Rowe. At the time Lorna was teaching crafts in addition to her part-time job at UCSC. The company began with one kit, the Complete Pine Needle Basket Kit. They expanded each year, designing more kits and selling through wholesale trade shows and retail shows across the country. Soon Lorna was able to leave her job and work on the business full time. The business moved from Santa Cruz, California to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1990s. Lorna and Charles returned to California in 2000 and settled in Mariposa, California where Lorna’s daughter Madelyn McGrath lived. Lorna’s other daughter Katherine Ogilvie moved to Mariposa as well. Katherine and Madelyn worked in the family business in various ways from kit packing to accounting since it’s inception. However, they bought into the company and became vested partners in 2011. During the partnership the company expanded exponentially by listening and responding to the needs of their largest customer base: the public land bookstores. In fact, 18 of the company’s 26 kits were produced during this time of great family collaboration. In 2016 Lorna wished to pursue her art and music interest and sell her shares of the partnership to Katherine. Katherine set up a small corporation run by herself in order to continue selling the line designed by her mother and allow her to expand the product line. The company remains family owned and operated. The company’s reputation is based on high quality materials and excellence in teaching traditional craft methods. The kits teach traditional craft skills and tell a story about cultural arts from North America. The following kits were designed by Lorna Pollock: Coiled Basket Kit (Basic Version) Coiled Basket Kit (Expanded Version) The Complete Pine Needle Basket Kit Quick Start Pine Needle Basket Kit - Round Quick Start Pine Needle Basket Kit - Oval Wedding Basket Kit Pomo Style Canoe Basket Kit Plaited Basket Kit Twined Burden Basket Kit Twined Gathering Basket Kit Hopi Wicker Basket Kit Cherokee Wicker Basket Kit Navajo Style Weaving Kit Split Twig Figurine Kit Prehistoric Buzzer & Bullroarer Kit Prehistoric Petroglyph & Pictograph Kit Coiled Basket Kit for Beginners Plaited Basket Kit for Beginners Twined Basket Kit for Beginners Wicker Basket Kit for Beginners Pueblo Style Pottery Kit Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Central Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Gulf Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Northern Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Southeast Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Southwest Region
Lorna Pollock, founder (middle) with her two daughters, Katherine Ogilvie, partner (left) and Madelyn McGrath (right)
are available here
The following kits were designed by Lorna Pollock and have been discontinued: California Gold Quilt Pattern Egg Gathering Basket Kit Pine Needle Picture Frame Kit Pine Needle Ornaments Kit Pine Needle Basket Ornament Kit Pine Needle Heart Ornament Kit Pine Needle Wreath Ornament Kit Pine Needle Wreath Kit Shaker Cheese Basket Kit Little Apple Basket Kit Children’s Fruit Basket Kit The Gilroy Garlic Basket Kit
This is Lorna Pollock’s first pine needle basket, made in 1978.
Wildwoods Craft Kits is a family business established in 1985 by Lorna Pollock and her husband Charles Rowe. At the time Lorna was teaching crafts in addition to her part-time job at UCSC. The company began with one kit, the Complete Pine Needle Basket Kit. They expanded each year, designing more kits and selling through wholesale trade shows and retail shows across the country. Soon Lorna was able to leave her job and work on the business full time. The business moved from Santa Cruz, California to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1990s. Lorna and Charles returned to California in 2000 and settled in Mariposa, California where Lorna’s daughter Madelyn McGrath lived. Lorna’s other daughter Katherine Ogilvie moved to Mariposa as well. Katherine and Madelyn worked in the family business in various ways from kit packing to accounting since it’s inception. However, they bought into the company and became vested partners in 2011. During the partnership the company expanded exponentially by listening and responding to the needs of their largest customer base: the public land bookstores. In fact, 18 of the company’s 26 kits were produced during this time of great family collaboration. In 2016 Lorna wished to pursue her art and music interest and sell her shares of the partnership to Katherine. Katherine set up a small corporation run by herself in order to continue selling the line designed by her mother and allow her to expand the product line. The company remains family owned and operated. The company’s reputation is based on high quality materials and excellence in teaching traditional craft methods. The kits teach traditional craft skills and tell a story about cultural arts from North America. The following kits were designed by Lorna Pollock: Coiled Basket Kit (Basic Version) Coiled Basket Kit (Expanded Version) The Complete Pine Needle Basket Kit Quick Start Pine Needle Basket Kit - Round Quick Start Pine Needle Basket Kit - Oval Wedding Basket Kit Pomo Style Canoe Basket Kit Plaited Basket Kit Twined Burden Basket Kit Twined Gathering Basket Kit Hopi Wicker Basket Kit Cherokee Wicker Basket Kit Navajo Style Weaving Kit Split Twig Figurine Kit Prehistoric Buzzer & Bullroarer Kit Prehistoric Petroglyph & Pictograph Kit Coiled Basket Kit for Beginners Plaited Basket Kit for Beginners Twined Basket Kit for Beginners Wicker Basket Kit for Beginners Pueblo Style Pottery Kit Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Central Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Gulf Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Northern Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Southeast Region Prehistoric Pottery Kit - Southwest Region
Lorna Pollock, founder (middle) with her two daughters, Katherine Ogilvie, partner (left) and Madelyn McGrath (right)
are available here:
This is Lorna Pollock’s first pine needle basket, made in 1978.
The following kits were designed by Lorna Pollock and have been discontinued: California Gold Quilt Pattern Egg Gathering Basket Kit Pine Needle Picture Frame Kit Pine Needle Ornaments Kit Pine Needle Basket Ornament Kit Pine Needle Heart Ornament Kit Pine Needle Wreath Ornament Kit Pine Needle Wreath Kit Shaker Cheese Basket Kit Little Apple Basket Kit Children’s Fruit Basket Kit The Gilroy Garlic Basket Kit